Today’s Woman of Library History is Dr. Alma Dawson, who is the Russell B. Long Professor in the School of Library and Information Science at Louisiana State University. Dr. Dawson was submitted by Kathleen de la Pena McCook (University of South Florida), who has blogged at Librarians and Human Rights about Dawson’s work as director of Project Recovery:
The Project Recovery Program was funded in June 2009 by a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian grant to recruit, educate and enable 30 graduate students in library and information science to work in school, public, and academic libraries in southern Louisiana communities experiencing staffing shortages as a result of hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.
Read “Project Recovery—LSU Prof. Alma Dawson Tells the Story" to learn more and to get the citation for Dawson’s own article about the project.
Last year, the Louisiana Library Association recognized Alma Dawson with the Meritorious Service Award. This award “honors a librarian who has demonstrated sustained and exemplary leadership and service to further the development, services and visibility of the Louisiana Library Association.”
Update: For more about Project Recovery’s efforts, read this update from LSU: “Project Recovery Staffing Libraries in South Louisiana.”